Frequently Asked Questions

  • 1. How much content is in the database?

  • The latest number of pages included is listed on the homepage. You can also view "Browse Works" to see a full list of all titles available. Subscribe to our feed by clicking on the RSS icon on the homepage to receive updates on the latest content added.

  • 2. Can I use Boolean operators?

  • Yes, you can use Boolean operators in any search field.

    AND Operator

    The AND operator retrieves all cases where words, phrases, and their variations appear in the same specified context (e.g., church AND state). As you enter more search terms, fewer results will be retrieved but each result will be of higher relevance.

    OR Operator

    The OR operator retrieves all instances where individual words or phrases appear (e.g., avarice OR greed, holy ghost OR spirit).

    Rules of thumb using Boolean Operators

    1. Entering more search terms into an 'AND' search will reduce the number of results and help you to focus in on the most relevant matches.

    2. Entering more search terms into an 'OR' search will increase the number of results and is particularly useful when you want to include synonyms of your main search term.

  • 3. Do you have English translations of the works in foreign languages?

  • Typically, we present the works only in their original languages. In some cases, however, an English translation executed by the original author may be available.

  • 4. Are the titles in the databases complete works?

  • Yes, the works are reproduced in their entirety. Whenever possible, an image of the original page accompanies the text.

  • 5. Can you print out pages from the literature databases?

  • Yes, each page has a printer icon that will allow you to print a limited amount of text for educational research and classroom use. In some cases you will see links to PDF versions of the original text, which you may print. Please note that printing is limited by U.S. Fair Use Provisions and international copyright law.

  • 6. Are there URLs for each work that can be emailed to students/colleagues?

  • Yes, each page has a permalink, a static URL that can be used to direct others to the work. Click the permalink icon in the top right corner of the page next to the printer icon for the static URL.

  • 7. How do we get stats?

  • Usage statistics can be obtained by emailing Please state the name of your institution and specify the time period for which you would like usage data.

  • 8. How do we get MARC records?

  • We are currently in the process of updating and improving our MARC records for all databases. Once complete, MARC record sets will be posted and available for download at

  • 9. How can I find out when new content is added?

  • New content is added on a bi-weekly basis. In addition to highlights on the database homepage, you can subscribe to our RSS feed to receive instant notification when new material is added. To subscribe, click on the RSS icon on the homepage.

  • 10. What is an RSS feed?

  • RSS (Really Simple Syndication) is a popular way to keep updated on what is new with a web site without having to continually visit the site. RSS feeds contain headlines and links to web pages which contain additional information. In the case of Alexander Street Press databases, the RSS feed will notify you of new and featured titles recently added to the product. If you are waiting for a specific author to be added to the product, for example, the RSS feed will deliver that alert to you.

  • 11. How can I receive RSS feeds?

  • Applications known as aggregators, news readers, or feed readers can retrieve, update, and display RSS feeds from any site. A number of news readers are available to download at no cost. Google has compiled a list of readers which you may find helpful.

  • How do I subscribe to a feed?

  • Click on the feed icon, .

    Copy and paste the URL for the feed into the address field in your news reader (see above).

    That's it! Simply check your news reader regularly to receive updates from the particular Web page you have subscribed to.